Singapore Racing – Weekend Review – Lim’s Lightning In Rare Air

Star galloper Lim’s Lightning etched his name into the history books on Sunday when taking out the Group 1 Singapore Gold Cup.

LIM'S LIGHTNING winning the SINGAPORE GOLD CUP GROUP 1
LIM'S LIGHTNING winning the SINGAPORE GOLD CUP GROUP 1 Picture: Singapore Turf Club

He became the first horse in history to win the Lion City Cup - Gold Cup double and did so carrying topweight, was 57 days between runs and off a set-back – unbelievable!

Since the turn of the century only 44 horses have been rated 118 or higher in Singapore, a list Lim's Lightning joined following his success in Sunday's Singapore Gold Cup.

Of those 44, only eight were locally trained headed by the untouchable Rocket Man.

Beyond a mile only War Affair and Better Than Ever produced a better performance — what he achieved on Sunday was special.

He's now stamped himself the best horse in Singapore over 1200m, 1600m and 2000m. 

If he's right there isn't a horse that can go with him.

It's a shame we never got to see Lim's Lightning and The Inferno race, as it stands Timeform only have a pound between the pair.

Under the conditions of the race they all had their chance to beat him on Sunday but even with his 5kg pull in the weights, Group 1 Singapore Derby winner Hard Too Think had no answers.

It's very easy to draw comparisons with War Affair as they both boast very similar CVs however War Affair notably fell short with topweight in the 2014 Gold Cup [2200m].

It's no secret the Gold Cup has been a graveyard for those at the top of the weights but not so for Lim's Lightning, he is a superstar and his record is one that will be talked about for many years to come.

Even more remarkable is his journey.

A winner of four of his first six starts including the 2018 Golden Horseshoe, Lim's Lightning finished third in the Singapore Guineas at his tenth start before being sent to Australia to race under the care of Matthew Dunn.

Unplaced in four runs he joined the John and Chris Meagher operation winning one of his four attempts before being sent back to Singapore.

Now under the care of Dan Meagher, Lim's Lightning has won six of his seven starts with his only defeat coming in the Group 1 Kranji Mile when narrowly beaten behind Minister.

He has improved with every start for Meagher and off a mark of 118 he would certainly hold his own if they did want to chance their arm in Hong Kong.

In Australia he struggled to break the 95 barrier and was beaten over 8L at his last two starts.

Fast forward 18 months and he's now rated 118 and is one of the best we've seen in Singapore – incredible.


Racing and Sports



Kranji

Sunday, 14th November 2021

10
16:30
(local)

SINGAPORE GOLD CUP GROUP 1 (SGG1)

Age: 3yo Type: OPEN
SGD $1,000,000
2000m TURF GOOD
10
16:30
(local)
SGD $1,000,000
2000m GOOD

SINGAPORE GOLD CUP GROUP 1 (SGG1)

Age: 3yo Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 1. LIM'S LIGHTNING (AUS) 6yo G
LOPE DE VEGA (IRE) - WAYNE'S GOLD (AUS)
DANNY BEASLEY
D MEAGHER
$2.80
58.0kg
LIM'S STABLE

Sales Information

2nd 7. HARD TOO THINK (AUS) 5yo G
ALL TOO HARD (AUS) - MNEMONIC (AUS)
MARC LERNER
STEPHEN GRAY
$3.60
53.0kg
STEPHEN GRAY RACING STABLE

Sales Information

3rd 5. MR MALEK (NZ) 5yo G
SWISS ACE (AUS) - TINA (NZ)
C C WONG
STEVEN BURRIDGE
$37.20
54.0kg
OSCAR RACING STABLE
4th 8. KATAK (SAF) 5yo H
POTALA PALACE (SAF) - SAPPHIRE SILK (SAF)
N ZYRUL
RICARDO LE GRANGE
$12.00
51.5kg

Sales Information

5th 4. SACRED CROIX (NZ) 7yo G
SAVABEEL (AUS) - CROIX DU SUD (NZ)
RIZUAN SHAFIQ
MARK WALKER
$30.40
54.0kg

Sales Information

6th 6. BIG HEARTED (AUS) 5yo G
HALLOWED CROWN (AUS) - SECRET SELECTION (AUS)
MANOEL NUNES
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$6.40
53.5kg

Sales Information

7th 10. SO HI CLASS (IRE) 5yo G
DARK ANGEL (IRE) - TOP TRAIL (USA)
S SHAFRIZAL
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$23.20
51.0kg

Sales Information

8th 15. KING'S COMMAND (NZ) 5yo G
TAVISTOCK (NZ) - RIA'S PRIDE (NZ)
SIMON KOK
SHANE DONALD BAERTSCHIGER
$11.80
50.0kg

Sales Information

9th 3. TOP KNIGHT (AUS) 6yo G
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - NERO CAVALLO (AUS)
LOUIS-PHILIPPE BEUZELIN
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$16.60
54.5kg

Sales Information

10th 16. ON LINE (NZ) 6yo G
O'REILLY (NZ) - FROCKSTAR (NZ)
SAIFUDIN ISMAIL
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$64.60
50.0kg

Sales Information

11th 2. MINISTER (USA) 5yo G
STREET SENSE (USA) - LIGHT AND VARIABLE (USA)
KASIM A'ISISUHAIRI
DONNA LOGAN
$31.00
55.0kg

Sales Information

12th 13. SAVVY COMMAND (NZ) 5yo G
SAVABEEL (AUS) - BEST COMMAND (AUS)
K HAKIM
MARK WALKER
$36.20
50.0kg
13th 12. TRUMPY (ARG) 6yo G
LIZARD ISLAND (USA) - EMBERLY (ARG)
OSCAR CHAVEZ
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$19.00
51.5kg
14th 9. OCEAN CROSSING (AUS) 6yo G
ALL TOO HARD (AUS) - OCEAN BRIDGE (AUS)
MOHD ZAKI
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$123.00
51.0kg

Sales Information

15th 14. STRONG N POWERFUL (AUS) 5yo G
GOLDEN ARCHER (AUS) - TINY TEMPTRESS (AUS)
R ISKANDAR
CT KUAH
$232.20
50.0kg

Sales Information

16th 11. ELITE INCREDIBLE (ARG) 6yo H
VALID STRIPES (ARG) - MY CHANCE (ARG)
JOHN SUNDRADAS
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$51.80
51.0kg
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